Help! My iPhone is Eating Up my Emails! By | March 19, 2012

Słupsk Ever since I’ve crossed to the iPhone territory earlier this year I have been very happy! My iPhone is dazzling! I keep wondering why it took me so long to purchase one (it was the touch screen thing). The iPhone is like the super device that is not supposed to do anything wrong.

HOWEVER! There is one small minor problem which is unbeliveable! The mail client on the iPhone is crazy! BIG Time!

First I noticed that it didn’t retrieve my emails unless I prompt it to update and do so. Then I played around with the settings and push notifications trying to make it recieve an email the moment it is delivered to my inbox. No such luck. I would update the bloody thing and nothing will come up while my inbox does indeed have many emails waiting to be read.

I made my peace with that. So the BB would receive my emails a second before it would appear on the computer, the iPhone won’t. Emails are not everything on earth right?

Until one day it started.

I received an email that I’ve read quickly on the go. I remember being happy about it. I decided to get back to it later and read it thoroughly. Later on the day I’ve searched all the folders on my email, on the iPhone and on my pc, but I couldn’t find it. Not even in the Trash or the Spam.

It simply vanished. I couldn’t believe it, iPhone wouldn’t do that to my emails for sure right? I must have imagined I recieved it, there is no record of it coming into my inbox whatsover.

Then it happened again! And again! And again and again and again and again! To this date within 2 months of usage I’ve lost nearly 20 emails! I can’t have imagined all those emails arriving to my inbox! I am very careful when I open and close them because I am aware they might “vanish” into thin air! I searched for them carefully! To no Luck!!!

Is this normal? Is it only my iPhone? Is it every iPhone? I can live with the delayed mail delivery, but why on earth is it hiding my emails from me? This is a major catastrophic fail in an email client provided by a leading company like Apple! Do you have any solution for that? Help?

30 Responses to “Help! My iPhone is Eating Up my Emails!”

  1. Khalid says:

    Hi there,

    Is your iPhone synching with an Exchange mail (Work) or just a regular web based mail (Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, etc.)

    It Could be from exchange server that the settings are not set up properly. there are other scenarios, but this is the most common.. maybe i can help..

    • danderma says:

      No its synchying with the Yahoo mail. Do you think it is a Yahoo mail setting issue?

  2. Khalid says:

    Yahoo has its own book of bugs and crap that just doesn’t work nor make sense, if you want my advise, create a a Hotmail / Gmail account, forward some mail to it, test it out, and see how it goes… iPhone mail App is pretty Straight forward, to sync or not to sync, to push or not to push. it doesn’t even give you options of the period of synching and other options unlike the Android.

    I’m not a Yahoo Mail user myself but, Shouldn’t there be an App for yahoo mail out there?!

    • danderma says:

      Hmmm it could be! I should check it out. I’ve never had troubles with my Yahoo before! How come it works perfectly fine with the BB?

  3. Heba says:

    Oooh it happened to me once and i freaked out!! It actually got archived go to your email through the desktop and chech archives hopefully you will find them

    • danderma says:

      Archives?! What archives!!! How the hell would be archived when I didn’t ask for it? I will have to check it out!

  4. Mazen says:

    My wife and I have been having nearly the same issues with the iPhone ever since we switched from BB. It would annoy us that even with push notifications “on” it would need me to go to my mail and update (which defeats the purpose of “push”). I am surprised that Apple couldn’t solve this problem till now, i thought we were the only ones suffering from this problem too. As for the deletion of emails, it happened a couple of times with me, and i found out that after reading the email, i would accidentally delete the email, and then it would disappear for a while until the trash was updated on yahoo mail and then it would show up in trash. I hope that helps.

    • danderma says:

      I thought I had deleted it by mistake at first but I am 100% sure that I didn’t the other times! I looked for them in the Trash, or Spam, or even drafts, and couldn’t find them. Once I found a couple moved to another folder but that was it.

  5. Just says:

    OMG! Are you serious?!!


    I hope that never happens to me! I have a Galaxy S 2, and I started using the based email client for a while before I eventually stopped (since I didn’t need it – I use Gmail, and there’s a special Gmail app for it on the mobile which works far better than the based email client). My question: Since you use Yahoo, isn’t there a special Yahoo Mail app you can use instead? The Gmail app I have is super great, it’s almost as if I’m using the web based one (except for the beautiful layouts! ;P), so, my advice is to search if there’s any, or try to see if it’s a Yahoo mishap or something.

    I really hope those email never truly vanished; and that’s it’s just a glitch!

    And if it’s an Apple issue, then I’ll leave it to the experts!

    Keep up updated!!

  6. Zooz says:

    Hmmm i’ve never heard of that before? Maybe its a problem with your email not the iphone

  7. Khalid says:

    That’s exactly what i meant by Yahoo’s bag of unexplainable Crap, it could work on BB and Android, could also work on iPhone using a different iOS, as i said, many scenarios, all we can do is trial and error now, test it out… :)

    • danderma says:

      hmmm that makes sense! God knows maybe Yahoo founder and Steve Jobs were enemies. He wasn’t the most pleasent fellow. I will check out a Yahoo App and see!

      • Khalid says:

        I had a similar case but with a magazine app called Zinio, the guy comes up to me and tells me that the app isnt working on his iPad2, while its working fine on his wife’s iPad1 … after so much testing, i found out that it just crashes only on iPad 2’s… later then when he got me his wife’s iPad1 for upgrade, after doing that, you think that app worked fine!? Nope, it doesnt support iOS 5.0 +

        some companies need to just stop bothering!

        do you have the latest iOS installed on your iPhone? is it Jailbroken?

        • danderma says:

          I’ve just updated my iPhone last week. To be frank I don’t know if it has eaten up any new emails but the mail delivery thing is still stalling without change!

  8. Zooz says:

    Btw i just had my first problem with the iphone…. All my pictures got erased and i have no backup :'( 500 pictures………:'( :'(

  9. Hafsa says:

    Its a yahoo issue … happened to me all the time in the beginning and then I got so upset about a few emails…I opened a gmail account and imported all yahoo email stuff onto t and voila…its working like a gem now Alhumdulilah…:)
    Hope it sorts out for u..

    • danderma says:

      hmmm… I really don’t want to go through the headache of moving my email and stuff… there must be another way :(

  10. Jacqui says:

    There must be a setting somewhere either in your Yahoo Mail or on your iPhone that allows for deleting your emails. Personally I never faced a problem with my Mail app and phone. I use Gmail however (switched when it came out back in the early 2000’s and didn’t go back to Hotmail or even Yahoo) I suggest what Khalid mentioned to create an email there and try it out.

    Otherwise I’m glad you are liking the phone and that your switch from Blackberry has been pleasant if we do not take this problem into consideration.

    Will keep an eye out on anything that might help solve the problem.

    • danderma says:

      No no there is no certain setting, it seems to be deleting the mail randomly! I won’t be switching to gmail just because crazy iPhone thinks so but I will look for the Yahoo app thing

  11. Moody says:

    So are you gonna be giving out this phone for the 20,000 commenter ? just asking 😛

  12. Shayma says:

    Did u find a solution? I did
    Try the following:
    1- go to settings ( the main settings )
    2- choose mail,contacts,calendars
    3- you’ll find ur account. Choose it then check the bottom of the page.
    Go to (Mails days to sync) and choose ( no limits) after that you’ll get back all your old e-mails

    Your are welcome

  13. Jack Ponissi says:

    Just happened to me, got a mail, read it, switched app and when I go back to mail is no longer there, can’t find it anywhere on gmail (yes, gmail…and I use it with IMAP and from iOS 3) nor on my mac. After half an hour (not right now…) pops up into the trash.

    Thought this had happened before but wasn’t 100% sure, this time I am.

    Also, I wonder if I missed incoming mails (it has happened) because of the phone or even outgoing ones (just had someone miss a mail from me somehow…could be related or not).

    Another bug, sometimes Mail takes the subject from a mail message and the content from another! O_o

    • danderma says:

      Then I’m not the only one and my yahoo is not to blame! Never had the mail and subject exchange thing before though but I keep losing my mail suddenly!